Clinical Exercise (Online Certificate)

NFQ Level 9
1 year part-time
20 Places


Course Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Exercise enables clinicians to prescribe exercise as a disease preventative and treatment modality in a safe, effective, and scientific manner. Material covered on this course includes how to accurately assess activity and fitness, and apply this knowledge for the safe and effective prescription of exercise. Research presented throughout this course will enable an understanding of the role of exercise in the prevention and treatment of disease, while case scenarios and group discussions will help apply this knowledge to patients with various pathologies.

The P.Grad.Cert. in Clinical Exercise will be delivered online and address how physical activity and exercise can become an integral part of patient prescription. In recent years evidence has emerged on the role of exercise as a treatment for those with depression, anxiety, cognitive impairment, rheumatic diseases, and other conditions where exercise was not traditionally considered beneficial.

Is This Course For Me?

This course in Clinical Exercise has been specifically designed to provide health professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills to become confident at individually prescribing exercise to people with various pathologies.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this course have gone on to work in the health sector, in a public or private hospital setting, community health, occupational rehabilitation, private clinic, sport and further education or research.

Course Structure

This Level-9 Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Exercise is offered as a one-year online course and carries 30 ECTS. The course runs from September to June.

Students will obtain credit for satisfactory engagement with lectures, by carrying out the required coursework, and by successful timely completion of online examinations and designated assignments.

Course Content

Students take four core modules: The Cardiovascular and Respiratory System; Physical Activity and Exercise; Exercise in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease; and Exercise Prescription for Clinical Populations.

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Study Clinical Exercise (Online) at Trinity

In this video Dr. Cuisle Forde speaks about the online postgraduate certificate and diploma in Clinical Exercise. She details the origins of these courses, the differences between them and how you can find out more.

Course Details


NFQ Level 9

Number of Places

20 Places

Next Intake

September 2024

Course Coordinator

Dr Cuisle Forde

Course Director

Professor John Gormley

Closing Date

31st July 2024

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Admission Requirements

The programme is open to applicants with an NFQ Level-8 qualification or equivalent professional degree at 2.1 level (or equivalent) in the field of medicine, nursing, dietetics and nutrition, medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy or physiology. Graduates from other degree courses will be assessed on an individual basis.

Applicants who do not fit these criteria, but who have clinical experience will be assessed on an individual basis by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Course Fees

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